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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam

The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.

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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "Nationwide Lottery" <>
Date: Tue, 20 Mar 2007 15:00:28 +0000
Subject: Congratulation!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ref. Number: 133/756/4509
Batch Number: 538901527-Bc68
Ticket Number: 47522765896-6458

We are pleased to inform you of the result of the Winner in our
International Lottery Program held on the 2nd of January, 2007. Your e-mail
address attached to ticket number 47522765896-6458 with serial number
3772-556 drew lucky numbers 7-14-18-31-45 which consequently won in the 2ND
category, you have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of Eight
Hundred and Twenty Thousand Dollars. ($820,000.00)

Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep your winning
information confidential until your claims have been fully processed and
your money remitted to you. This is part of our security protocol to avoid
multiple claims and unwarranted abuse of this program by some participants.
All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from
over 20,000 company and 30,000 individual email addresses and names from all
over the world. This promotional program takes place every five years.

This lottery was promoted and sponsored by a conglomerate of some
multinational companies in South Africa as part of their social
responsibility to the citizens in the communities where they have
operational base. We hope with part of your winnings you will take part in
our next edition Ten million Dollars international lottery.
To file for your claim, please contact our fiducial agent.
Mr. Joseph Duke.

and the Agents
Reply Email
PHONE: +27 72 500 4784

Remember all winning must be claimed not later than 30th of June 2007.
After this date all unclaimed funds will be included in the next stake.
Please note in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, remember
to quote your reference number and batch numbers in all correspondence.

Furthermore should there be any change of address do inform our agent as
soon as possible. Congratulations once more from our members of staff and
thank you for being part of our promotional program.
Note: Anybody under the age of 18 is automatically disqualified.
Yours Sincerely,
Mrs. Lylian Donald
International Lottery (co-ordinator)

N.B: Any breach of confidentiality on the part of the winners will result to
disqualification. Please do not reply to this mail.
Contact your claims agent.

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